The short answer is no. DOS does not natively support optical drives.
For DOS to see a CDROM, you need two files on the disk:MSCDEX.EXEOakcdrom.sys
(or another CDROM driver file, it will always have the extension .SYS).
Then you need two lines in your startup files.
The AUTOEXEC.BAT file must contain the lineMSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001 /L:%CDROM%
It may have something else after the L:
rather than %CDROM% like an actual drive letter. The line also may may begin with LH
to load the driver into high memory, but this is the basic structure.
The CONFIG.SYS file (which can be opened in Notepad, if you don't get an Edit option when you right click it select Open with
) must contain the linedevice=oakcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
I suggest you go to this webpage
and download the Windows 98 SE OEM boot disk image file. It's an .exe
, just run it on any Windows computer that has a floppy drive installed. It has all the right files on it, no muss, no fuss. I suggest you use a brand new floppy to make the boot disk. It will give you access to the CD-ROM drive from the command line.
Edited by DaveM59, 21 August 2007 - 06:45 AM.